2011 Social Performance Overview
We are committed to sustaining safety for our employees and the public and building strong and vibrant communities
The people of Enbridge work hard every day to demonstrate to all of our stakeholders that we’ll always live up to our core values of integrity, safety, and respect.
We believe that Enbridge’s success is rooted in treating people fairly. That’s why we’re always looking for new ways to enhance our employees’ and stakeholders’ quality of life, and it’s why we invest in initiatives that provide real, tangible benefits to the communities where we operate across North America.
These initiatives range from programs designed to attract, engage, inspire and retain employees and ensure that Enbridge’s operations are as safe as possible. Our initiatives also extend to Enbridge’s policies on human rights and on how we conduct business that underpin our commitments to building trust, demonstrating respect for human dignity and rights in all relationships, and enabling mutual advantages.
We work with Aboriginal communities to ensure they achieve sustainable benefits from our projects and operations, including opportunities in equity partnership, training and education, employment, procurement, business development and community investment. For example, the Enbridge School Plus Program aims to inspire young Aboriginal students in Canada to remain in school in order to achieve their full potential. Since 2009, the program has enriched the education of over 8,500 youth in over 50 schools by providing over $2.2 million in grants in support of educational programming.
Our values and commitments are also reflected in our support to help fight cancer through the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.
They’re demonstrated by our Safe Community Program through which we provide monetary support to emergency responders in the communities where Enbridge operates. In 2011, Enbridge contributed over $1.2 million to the program, supporting approximately 425 first-responder organizations in right-of-way communities in Canada and the U.S.
Our values and commitments are the basis for the Enbridge Natural Legacy Program, which provides us with an opportunity to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship, habitat remediation and protection.
And they’re why we encourage employee volunteerism through our Volunteers in Partnership program and recognize employees’ efforts to give back to their communities, allowing us to gain a better understanding of the communities in which it operates, the challenges they face and the ways Enbridge can best contribute.
In 2011, Enbridge invested $13 million in more than 550 charitable, non-profit, and community organizations to help make communities better places to live. We believe that these investments are essential to being a good neighbour and are a contributing factor in maintaining the company’s social license to operate.
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